DeSean Jackson having core muscle surgery

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Wide receiver DeSean Jackson was back in the Eagles lineup on Sunday, but he wound up getting pulled after playing just four snaps.

Head coach Doug Pederson said during a Monday radio interview that he expected Jackson back after the bye week, but gave a cloudier read on the wideout’s outlook during his press conference. He said Jackson would be going for “second and third opinions” on what the team’s been referring to as an abdominal injury since Jackson initially went down in Week Two.

Pederson was also asked why Jackson didn’t have surgery when he was originally hurt. He said it was “not for me to answer,” but those new opinions will lead to an even longer absence for Jackson.

According to multiple reports, Jackson will have core muscle surgery this week.

John Clark of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com reports that Jackson had a small tear to his abdominal muscle, but the muscle is “now completely torn off the bone” as a result of Sunday’s aggravation. The timeline for a recovery is over a month, so this may be the end of the season for the veteran wideout.

Pederson was asked on Monday if he regretted playing Jackson.

“Sitting here today, you kind of go, “Alright, maybe you should have [sat him]. You’re second guessing now and we can’t — we’re in a business where we have to play and we have to play with the guys who are in uniform. Again, he busted his tail to put himself in a position to help us yesterday, and again he just felt that discomfort, so we kept him out and that’s where we are.”

Now the Eagles are in a place where they won’t have Jackson for many weeks and perhaps the rest of the year.

37 responses to “DeSean Jackson having core muscle surgery

  1. Eagles have the worst medical staff in the league. Which is puzzling, given that Philadelphia is home to Penn, one of the best medical schools in the country.

  2. For the dudes that are dogging the Eagles medical staff…you realize they can’t force him to have surgery, right? It’s been documented that Jackson didn’t want surgery.

  3. I said game 3, damn was I wrong. Ashame the dude can play when he’s on the field, I’ve never seen him drop a ball. What a great signing!

  4. whats that 3 mil per catch or very close to that?!?
    Great work Howie! Howie do it!

    Need more than one burner in this offense obviously. JJAW ain’t cutting it!

  5. Something is fishy here. First he was pulled from the game for “precautionary reasons” and he was riding an exercise bike on the sidelines. Then Pederson gives an update today where he’s a few weeks out and now its multiple weeks, muscles turn off the bone and surgery. Either Pederson and the medical staff are having communication problems or DeSean was in denial and has a high pain threshold. It all culminates in a cluster for the Eagles who should have made moves before the deadline to have a backup plan.

  6. They can’t force him but all of Philadelphia knew it would not get better without surgery. Why doesn’t the training staff?

  7. diarrheahughes says:
    November 4, 2019 at 4:16 pm
    For the dudes that are dogging the Eagles medical staff…you realize they can’t force him to have surgery, right? It’s been documented that Jackson didn’t want surgery.

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    Yes, they can’t force him to have surgery, but they are still the ones who cleared him to play yesterday.

  8. Poor decision to not have surgery. Especially since the timeline for his return woulda basically been the same as rehabbing his injury. Too many hammies and groin injuries these past couple seasons. I dont feel comfortable with the team drs either. This seems like the Mack Hollins injury all over again.

  9. The NFLPA should get the their members the right to see non-team doctors from the get-go, not after the team decides the player should do so (they only make that decision once it is obvious the player can’t play).

  10. leroyquimby says:
    November 4, 2019 at 4:43 pm
    They can’t force him but all of Philadelphia knew it would not get better without surgery. Why doesn’t the training staff?

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    If you’re able to acknowledge that they can’t force him to have surgery, why would you assume that the training staff didn’t know he wouldn’t get better without it? Surely you can also acknowledge the possibility that the training staff advised him to have surgery, while also acknowledging the possibility that it would heal enough with rest, and he chose the latter.

    I suppose it’s easier to forget about nuance and simply get mad at the training staff, even though you have no idea what was said…

  11. wayleftfield says:
    November 4, 2019 at 4:55 pm
    The NFLPA should get the their members the right to see non-team doctors from the get-go, not after the team decides the player should do so (they only make that decision once it is obvious the player can’t play).

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    I know it’s fashionable to bash team doctors right now but DJax saw independent doctors for the original injury and surgery was presented as an option as well as rehab. Of course the risk is that if the rehab doesn’t work, you will still need surgery.

    The problem is that will usually, when presented with an choice, choose the nonsurgical option. It is the team that takes the risk of the player not returning as the player get’s paid either way.

    The DJax signing and guaranteeing Alshon’s 2020 salary can go down as bad decisions from this past offseason.

  12. This is a prime example of why you can’t rely on old players. The Eagles need to draft a young speed receiver with great hands.

  13. Super easy to play armchair doctor. No advanced schooling, no tests, no residencies. Just a laptop and wifi and you’re good to go.

    This is a tough one. On one hand I see the reasoning behind possibly putting him on IR and playing it safe, but (assuming) the Eagles can sneak their way into the postseason, the stated recovery timeline would potentially allow him to be back for any playoff football, which honestly would be when they’d need him most. Tough situation, the rest of our receiving core is….not great, to put it politely.

  14. I have to think that both the Jets and Eagles wish they could roll back time a week and make that Robbie Anderson trade. Anderson is wasted on that dumpster fire of a team and will be gone next year along with hopefully Gase.

    The problem was that Miami and Jacksonville had sent trade prices into the stratosphere and sellers had unrealistic expectations.

  15. Life long Eagles fan here. While all of Philly danced when they signed him, I questioned it… we were adding yet another 30+ player to our roster, in this case, a 31 year old speedster with injury history. We’ve seen time and time (a) your speed is the first to go (b) the end comes very quickly.

  16. Not really sure why. Tackle is the one single position where we are set

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    kenmasters34 says:
    November 5, 2019 at 12:01 am
    Should have traded Trent Williams to the Eagles.

  17. Eagles medical staff has been suspect for quite a long time. However, the WR problems are not the play of one DeSean Jackson. The coaching for that group has to find ways to get the WRs open and create separation. However, week in and week out you see the same bs vanilla routes. People dogging on Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins for not having catches… well guess what part of that is on the coaching and scheming as well. Not saying Hollins deserves a free pass, but is the coaching putting him in the best positions to get open? Is the lackluster coaching dissecting the opponents defenses to exploit weaknesses? I think there is a 2 part problem. You have flexibility with your WRs by putting them in different positions in order to gain an advantage and then they have to do their part and CATCH THE DAMN BALL! Line Agholar up outside, put Jeffrey in the slot… create some damn mismatches. Not rocket science.

  18. The Eagles will need to be a run-first team for the foreseeable future. Not necessarily a bad thing…

  19. eaglesfanalways says:
    November 5, 2019 at 10:55 am
    The Eagles will need to be a run-first team for the foreseeable future. Not necessarily a bad thing…
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    Nothing like having a 30 million dollar game manager at QB!

  20. Pederson was also asked why Jackson didn’t have surgery when he was originally hurt. He said it was “not for me to answer,” but those new opinions will lead to an even longer absence for Jackson.
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    People act like surgery is some no big deal thing and the default should be getting the surgery but as someone who does not like anyone cutting me open unless avsolutely necessary I understand wanting to rest and see if it gets better rather then making surgery the default. Besides every surgery I’ve had they start listing potential dangers and complications. Who wants to deal with that if they can wait to heal?

  21. I actually made an account just now to comment here. I am not an Eagles fan, nor am I any sort of medical professional.

    What I can tell you is that Jackson’s injury sounds very similar to a sports hernia (though I believe he denied that specific injury). I am actually about to (finally) see a specialist about a sports hernia I initially suffered ten years ago.

    The injury runs from the adductor up through the inner side of the leg, past the groin and into the lower abdominal. It’s a weird injury in that certain movements, like a Barbell Squat, might be perfectly doable with the injury, but other movements (a basic lunge, for example) cause IMMENSE pain.

    Sports hernias are notoriously difficult to diagnose, and many people do not seek treatment. I initially suffered this injury ten years ago, and it took 3-4 years to fully heal. I re-injured it about 5 years ago and re-re-injured it in the past year.

    I can attest that it’s difficult to gauge whether you can perform through the injury or if it needs a procedure. You can do most things very well, but you are very vulnerable in specific cases. So, it makes total sense for Jackson to try and rehab it and play through it. It also makes sense that he could be seen running on the sidelines or riding a bike but not be able to play.

    Like I said, I’m not an Eagles fan, I don’t particularly like Jackson, I’m not a medical expert and I dislike the Oxford comma. But to me, this sounds like an unfortunate injury and in no way negligence on anyone’s part.

  22. The prognosis for what use to be called a sports hernia is always quicker and better with surgery. The problem is that surgery is invasive and a sports hernia can get better through simple rest and inactivity. But you can’t play sports at an elite level if you are resting and inactive . . . a player is losing ground on where they exited training camp every day they are shelved. Unfortunately a 32 year old body doesn’t heal the same as a 22 year old body, so the rest option most likely seemed very attractive to Jackson at the time, and some doctors view the two options as almost equal but with one being invasive . . . that is unfortunate because studies reveal the surgical option is actually a quicker and more productive route to a “full” recovery. When a doctor tells you that you will absolutely be out 6-8 weeks with surgery, but rest and inactivity could get you back on the field in 3-6 weeks if everything goes right . . . the natural reaction is to avoid surgery. But we are talking about a return to the most grueling sport on the planet, not some guy who wants to return to his weekend golf game. I am a 100% confident that had Jackson realized this was the outcome of being put on the shelf for almost 8 weeks he would have had the surgery the same week the injury occurred.

    The real problem here is Howie Roseman, he made no move either at the trade deadline or waiver wire. He could have probably picked up a WR via a third round pick and absolutely would have been able to have claimed Gordon off waivers as a back up plan, and oh yeah that was basically free other than the remaining million on his contract. Why would the Eagles not have picked up Gordon is completely dumbfounding, especially given they were trotting Jackson out against the Bears to see if he could go full speed. Utterly insane and Roseman should most likely be fired or demoted for that decision alone!!!

  23. Extreme disappointment. Based on Doug’s statements these past 8 weeks, it sounded obvious that he wasn’t going to play again.

  24. “dolphins4 says:
    November 4, 2019 at 8:57 pm
    This is a prime example of why you can’t rely on old players. The Eagles need to draft a young speed receiver with great hands.”

    They drafted Mack Hollins who Led the NCAA in yards per reception (24.8 avg.) as a junior • Set the UNC career record for yards per reception (20.6 avg.) • Finished his Carolina career with 81 receptions for 1,667 yards and 20 touchdowns • His 20 touchdown receptions rank third all-time at UNC.

    He sucks, but it isn’t like they weren’t trying to get a young guy

    Hollins got hurt and never developed after the injury, Mike Wallace got hurt and never returned, DeSean got hurt.

    Speed kills….. The player himself

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